Another pleasant day out yesterday, driving not so deep into Powys and only one property to view (as the 2nd one had gone under offer the day after we asked to view). The scenery was gorgeous again and the house in a village, and not TOO far off the beaten track. However, the downside of the property was obvious when we arrived. You drove past a few cottages on a narrow tarmaced lane and then there was a little green hill (with a few slate slabs sticking through in places). As we drove up the little green hill I laughingly said, "Gosh, I wouldn't like to have to reverse back down here." This turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy as when we got to the top, a small blue car was getting stuck in the grass and mud as a previous viewer tried to turn around. The agent's car was of course taking up the only real parking/turning space . . . We reversed, as it was obvious no-one was going anywhere! I had to park down in the village.
The cottage itself was a project - it had been hideously decorated but the actual room sizes weren't too bad and there was a downstairs bathroom and en-suite which is a good idea with an eye to the future. Approachable staircase, upstairs sitting room (in egg-yolk yellow, ceiling as well!). All the bathroom suites needed replacing. It had a paddock too but getting to that with anything bigger than a skinny sheep was problematical. The garden was extremely overgrown and steep behind the house - needed terracing - and in front v. overgrown and nowhere for veg really. FANTASTIC views, really lovely. It was very Tam (whose choice this one was) and I could see its potential, but for Keith and I the approach was a complete and utter deal-breaker, despite the agent assuring us we could take down the hedge and enlarge the parking/turning area. All very well except when we checked on the Google earth photo, that would be on Next Door's land!!!
We came back via Hay to see the agent who had shown us the house we were trying to buy (sold 6 weeks ago) - we were trying to buy the other half but apparently the people who had bought it were trying to raise the money for that too. We were gutted.
Just one more to see now and if that isn't right, we are going to be in rented accommodation, and that is the last thing we want . . .